Now that I don’t work outside the home, the calendar has a different, more casual function. It’s more like…well, guidance. Sure, there are some hard and fast appointments, like when the housekeepers come. Or Riley’s scent class. Or his grooming or my hair appointment.
But by and large, the days being driven by a calendar is in the distant past, and that feels pretty good.
It especially felt good after paging through a bunch of calendars I’ve saved since my working days–going back to the 1980s. Glancing through them, I noted how busy my days were. And glancing was all I did, because otherwise I’d have sat there for hours. One day, I’ll go through them in more detail. Old journals were also squirreled away, and together, the journals and calendars help connect the dots of my life.
You know, as a memoir writer, it’s hard for me to discard recorded history. Any kind of calendar, especially a datebook, is filled with events large and small that signify a life. One never knows when that information might be useful again. So when I went through those old boxes, I appreciated the mother lode of archival material there, including those old calendars.
Even after it became possible and even popular to keep an online calendar, either on computer or later, synched with our phones, I kept a hard copy. Month-at-a-glance assessments–necessary for various project events I was planning– are far easier to do in larger format and I never did like those little dots that signified events on a phone calendar. Phone calendars are too small and too klugey for me, but they seem to be standard today. (God, I’m sounding old. But really, it’s more a visual thing than a fear of technology. I need to see more than a dot and a date.)
So I wonder now, how many writers still have hard copy calendars and if they don’t, do they archive their old online events? How is that info preserved for the future? Or is it just left to disappear into the ether?
I have the same question about family photos. Without leather-bound albums, how are photos passed on? What happens to them?
Passing down digital assets is something we need to think about these days. Our calendars, photos, email accounts–even a blog or a social media account–they all exist in digital format and what happens when we’re gone? What if no one as the password?
Asking your thoughts on this.